The Challenge


Climate change is causing temperatures and weather patterns to shift, resulting in shocks that are affecting the productivity of farms, decreasing food security, degrading water sources, harming forests, adversely affecting the built infrastructure and permanently changing natural ecosystems that economies depend on to maintain life. The uncertain scope of climate change and its ecological, social and economic impacts poses a significant challenge to building resiliency. Natural resource planners, the agriculture industry, the insurance industry, infrastructure planners, urban planners, financial institutions and economists are calling for higher resolution, regional and sector-specific solutions to assist them in addressing complex systems.

Choose a Challenge


  • September 22nd: Challenge Opens


    September 22nd - November 9th, 2016

    During this ideation phase, applicants will develop and submit their big data solutions to address the challenges.

  • November 9th: Applications Close


    November 9th - December 14, 2016

    Applications accepted until November 9th, 2016, 5:00pm, EDT.
    Applications will be reviewed by a technical committee made up of World Bank Group staff and external advisory council members. The applicant pool will be narrowed down to the winning solutions in each challenge and will be announced on December 14th, 2016.

  • December 14th: Winners Announced


    December 14th, 2016

    Challenge winners will be provided their prizes and showcased on the Challenge website and social media.

  • December 14th: Post Challenge

    Knowledge Exchange

    December and beyond

    Winning teams may be invited to present their work at a workshop to facilitate knowledge exchange.


We are looking for innovative big data solutions (anywhere from functional prototypes up to mature, market ready solutions). These solutions might include but are not limited to analytical methodologies, APIs, algorithms, software applications, tools and new data set generation. Technologies may include artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing applications, data science, dynamic visualizations, machine learning and predictive analytics among others.


Challenge Winners will be selected and awarded for the following categories:

Food Challenge: Food Security or Nutrition – Best big data solution: 10,000 USD
Landscapes Challenge: Forestry or Watersheds – Best big data solution: 10,000 USD
Honorable mentions: (At least 3 honorable mentions for most innovative big data solution and other recognition awards to be announced in the near future)

All winning projects will be recognized through public communications from the World Bank Group and may be mentioned as part of a high-profile international development event. The World Bank Group may also decide to invite various participants to present their work at a workshop to facilitate dialogue and knowledge exchange.

By entering the Innovation Challenge, applicants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by the criteria and requirements of the Challenge. For more details, please download the Big Data Innovation Challenge Handbook , which outlines the official rules and submission requirements in detail. All decisions will be final and binding.